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The Randy Schopen “Give Someone A Chance” Foundation, JCF will be holding a Run/Walk Saturday, September 17th. This family friendly event will take place in conjunction with Gemuetlichkeit Days and will be held at the Jefferson County Fair Park. All proceeds from the event will go to The Randy Schopen Foundation grant program.

Event Information

Date: Saturday, September, 17th, 2016

Location: Gemuetlichkeit Days, Jefferson County Fair Park, 503 North Jackson Ave., Jefferson, WI

Time: 9:00 AM

Check In And On Site Registration: 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM, Saturday, September 17th

Stay after the event for a full lineup of Gemuetlichkeit Days activities!

The Run

The 5K fun run will start and finish at the Jefferson County Fair Park. The run will be timed and awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers.

The Walk

The two mile walk, which starts and finishes at the Jefferson County Fair Park, will be fun for all ages.

What Is A “Zero K”?

Want to help The Randy Schopen Foundation but running or walking isn’t your thing? By registering for the Zero K option you’ll get all the cool stuff including a free beer (must be 21 or over), the event t-shirt, and all the free “swag” that is normally reserved for only the runners and walkers.  You will also get the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to make your community a better place. 

The day of the event all the Zero K participants will line up at the starting line and walk over to the beer tent for their free beer.


To register visit Eventbrite or register, on site, the day of the event.

Register Early!

If you register before Thursday, September 1st registration is only:

  • $30 per Runner

  • $20 per Walker

  • $20 per 0K Participant

On or after Thursday, September 1st registration is:

  • $35 per Runner

  • $25 per Walker

  • $25 per 0K Participant

Every registration includes a free beer (must be 21 or over), the event t-shirt, and all the free “swag.” Any registrations on or after Thursday September 1st will not be guaranteed a t-shirt.


Ample parking will be available at the Jefferson County Fair Park.

Special Thanks

A special thank you to Gemuetlichkeit Days for their support of The Pretzel Polka Run/Walk. 


Contact Damon Schopen or call 262-510-2040

Thank You To Our Sponsors 

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Gold Sponsors

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Additional Sponsors


County-City Credit Union

Daily Jefferson County Union

Fidelity Land Title Ltd

Kwik Trip

Schaefer Soft Water

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Sponsors are needed to help make The 2016 Pretzel Polka Run/Walk a success! This is a great opportunity for you and your business to visibly support our local community. Sponsors will be listed on select advertising, be on the event t-shirt, and more!

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$1,000 Grant Awarded to the Jefferson EMS


The Randy Schopen Foundation has recently awarded a $1,000 grant to the Jefferson EMS Department to assist the department in purchasing of a GE Carescape V100 monitor.

This particular monitor is used by numerous hospitals and clinics, including Fort Healthcare’s Emergency and Urgent Care Departments, for the purpose of patient triage. The monitor we are seeking funding for will outfit the new clinic style treatment room within our new EMS facility. Our ultimate goal is to eventually have this treatment room serve as a walk-in style clinic during regular business hours that will provide blood pressure checks and blood sugar checks for citizens of the community. This particular piece of equipment will allow Jefferson EMS personnel to rapidly and accurately assess a patient’s blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation, and temperature.

The total cost of this piece of equipment is $3,000. The Schopen Foundation has assisted us in taking a tremendous step forward toward purchasing this equipment. JEMS is seeking other donors to assist us in reaching our goal of $3,000. If others are interested in donating toward this project, they can contact either EMS Director Sue Reinen or Fire Chief Ron Wegner at 920-674-7723.


$300 Grant Awarded To "This Ride On Us"

The Randy Schopen Foundation awarded a $300 grant to the "This Ride On Us" program. This Ride Is On Us is a service coordinated through Brown Cab that provides free transportation to and from the Fort Atkinson Food Pantry for low-income and elderly individuals. In the past twelve months, This Ride Is On Us has provided 514 free rides to community members in need.


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$500 Grant Awarded To Embraced: Memorial Playground Project

The Randy Schopen Foundation awarded a grant to help build a playground at Jones Park that is specifically designed for children age 5 and under.

The playground will be dedicated in memory of the children who passed away due to pregnancy or infant loss. For these families, this project will offer an opportunity for families to gather together, offer support and encouragement, provide education and awareness, and give back to our community.

This project will also support our larger community -- Creating a dedicated play-space that is appropriate for younger families.